November 14, 2017


For the past few years, Sarah and I have taken a vacation in the fall. First, it was Disney World. The next year, we drove to Nashville. This time, we booked flights to Charleston, South Carolina — a place neither of us had been before.

The trip could not have come at a more perfect time. October was a busy month for me. Between keeping up with my clients and celebrating my business’ third anniversary, I was ready for a weekend of relaxation.

Sarah and I had a ball. We stayed at a charming Airbnb a few blocks from King Street, close enough to walk everywhere, yet far enough to feel private and quiet. Charleston is a small port city that feels like a scene from a movie. The streets are lined with pastel-colored houses and blooming magnolia trees. We were there during Halloween weekend, so each home seemed to have pumpkins (or spooky decor!) on the front stoop.

There was no agenda, so mostly, we walked. And ate. And drank. I indulged in things like fresh oysters, the finest scallops, caramelized sweet potatoes and more. We had goofy conversations and serious ones. We spent far too much time searching for “how to make a messy bun” tutorials on YouTube. We had a lot of red wine (we’re Apothic Red fangirls) and watched many episodes of The Mindy Project. On the last day, we wrapped ourselves in tinfoil and ate Halloween burrito bowls at Chipotle — but that may be a story for a different blog post.

Vacation can be a very good thing, especially when you’ve made no plans and no reservations. I am grateful for a weekend away with my dear friend. And if you happen to find yourself in Charleston, here are some ideas for you:

The Ordinary


— carriage tour! (Sarah forced me to do this, but it was surprisingly fun)

The Darling (their branding is on point)

— uber to Folly Beach

— walk along the promenade at the Battery

— cocktails at Prohibition